Animal Behavior Experts

Gordon M. Burghardt

Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Gordon M. Burghardt works in several areas of animal behavior and is an expert on the ethology of reptiles and bears. He also works on many aspects of play behavior, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare.


Annette Engel

Jones Associate Professor of Aqueous Geochemistry

Annette Engel works to understand the nature and extent of microbial activities in geochemical reactions that involve aqueous solutions and geological materials through time.


Elizabeth Strand

Associate Clinical Professor of Social Work, Director of Veterinary Social Work

Elizabeth Strand is the founding director of Veterinary Social Work whose interests include the link between human and animal violence, animals in family systems, the scholarly and practice development of veterinary social work as a sub-specialty of social work practice, communication skills, conflict resolution, and mediation and stress management techniques in animal welfare environments.


Gary McCracken

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology

Gary McCracken researches population biology, molecular ecology, animal behavior, conservation biology, and the ecology of infectious diseases.